Orthopedic Surgeons & Sports Medicine Specialists located in Benton, Cabot, Hot Springs Village, Little Rock, North Little Rock, & White Hall, AR
Joint replacement surgery can restore your hip, knee, ankle, shoulder, or other damaged joints to normal using prosthetics. At Martin Orthopedics, with offices in Little Rock, North Little Rock, Hot Springs Village, Hot Springs Village, and Cabot, Arkansas, the board-certified and fellowship-trained surgeons offer joint replacement to stop pain and recapture smooth joint movement. Book your appointment by calling the nearest office or clicking the online scheduler.
Joint Replacement Q & A
What is a joint replacement?
Joint replacement is a surgical procedure to remove part or all of a damaged joint and install metal, ceramic, or hard plastic parts in its place.
The most common joint replacement surgeries are hip replacement and knee replacement, but surgeons can also replace the ankle, shoulder, wrist, and elbow joints when necessary.
There are different methods of joint replacement surgery, including the arthroscopic minimally invasive approach and traditional open surgery.
When might I need joint replacement surgery?
You could be a candidate for joint replacement if you have chronic joint problems such as:
- Joint breakdown or deformity from arthritis
- Joint pain that doesn't respond to non-surgical care
- Severely restricted movement in your joint
- Non-healing bone fracture
- Recurrent joint dislocations
- Osteonecrosis - bone death due to poor blood supply
You can be a good candidate for joint replacement at any point during adulthood. Most people who undergo joint replacement surgery are in their 60s, but studies demonstrate that joint replacement is beneficial for older people who need it, including those in their 80s and 90s, as well.
How do I prepare for joint replacement surgery?
Martin Orthopedics provides comprehensive joint replacement preparation information well in advance of your surgery. You typically have pre-operative testing, such as lab tests and an echocardiogram.
In some cases, you may need to make medication changes before surgery, based on the medical team's recommendations. There are several ways you can prepare for the best surgical outcome and recovery, including exercising, eating healthy, quitting smoking, and preparing your home.
You may need to arrange for assistive devices, for example, a walker and shower bench if you have a hip replacement or a grabber device if you have shoulder replacement, before your surgery. Make sure to have items you need, like phone chargers and TV remotes, within easy reach.
How long is recovery after joint replacement?
Joint replacement recovery is completely different for every type of surgery and each individual. The best way to encourage the fastest recovery is through physical therapy and prescribed exercise. That gives you the muscle support system your new joint needs to work well.
Many people can resume most regular activities within six weeks of a joint replacement. It can take longer to build up to heavier or more strenuous activities. You should always take precautions to protect your healing joint and never take risks that could undo all your hard work.
Martin Orthopedics provides you with a personalized recovery timeline and monitors your progress as you return to normal activity.
To learn about how joint replacement can help you, call Martin Orthopedics or click on the online scheduler.
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